Writing

The Writer’s Guide to Staying Sane in a Dystopian Future

Like a lot of other writers out there, I’ve been having a hard time focusing on my work since November 9th. And once January 20th rolled around, anxiety brought my creativity to a screeching halt. Our Twitter feeds are full of panic and despair, rumors that seem convincingly true, and truths that seem too crazy to believe.… Continue reading The Writer’s Guide to Staying Sane in a Dystopian Future

Feminism · Writing

You Say “Unlikable” Like It’s a Bad Thing

Your heroine is unlikable. I’d heard this more than a couple of times, in contest feedback and critique groups, back when I was still seeking representation for my manuscript. See, in the opening pages, the main character, Sophie, is sitting in a food stall at Hong Kong’s bustling Temple Street Night Market. It is the… Continue reading You Say “Unlikable” Like It’s a Bad Thing

Writing

The Attraction of Distraction

“It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a serious writer in possession of a looming deadline, must be in want of a distraction.” That’s how the quote goes, right? Well, it’s how I feel right now, dealing with my first ever contractually obligated deadline. Over the next few weeks, I have to revise my entire… Continue reading The Attraction of Distraction